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Bishop Deeley Announces Five Additional Priest Assignments

PORTLAND---Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced the following five priest assignments with effective dates noted:

Effective July 1, 2016Fr. Paul H. Dumais has been appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Farmington and St. Rose of Lima Parish in Jay. Since December of 2014, Fr. Dumais has served as chaplain at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, St. Mary’s Residence, and Central Maine Medical Center, all located in Lewiston. A native of Madawaska, Fr. Dumais attended Madawaska Middle and High Schools before attending the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, from which he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theology after a three-year hiatus to work on a farm in Kansas specializing in open pollinated seed production. Prior to entering St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, in 1999, he taught middle school at St. Joseph’s in Manchester, New Hampshire. While in residence at St. John’s Seminary, Fr. Dumais completed his academic preparation for ordination with a M.Div. and M.A. in theology in addition to earning a M.A. in philosophy from Boston College. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Richard J. Malone on May 29, 2004, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Madawaska. Upon his ordination, Fr. Dumais served at parishes in Waterville, Winslow, Oakland, Fairfield, and Vassalboro. In 2007, Fr. Dumais was assigned to Saint Joseph’s College in Standish as the priest-chaplain during which time he also served as the Catholic chaplain at the Maine Correctional Center (MCC) in Windham. While continuing to serve at MCC, Fr. Dumais was assigned to the parishes in Bridgton, Fryeburg, Windham, Gorham, and Westbrook. Prior to his current appointment, Fr. Dumais served as three-quarter time chaplain at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, one-quarter time chaplain at Central Maine Medical Center, chaplain at Bates College, and assisted at Prince of Peace Parish.


Effective July 1, 2016, Fr. Dominic Savio, HGN, has been appointed lead priest-chaplain at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, St. Mary’s Residence, and Central Maine Medical Center, all in Lewiston. Since September of 2013, Fr. Savio has served as parochial vicar at Corpus Christi Parish (Notre Dame Church, Waterville; Sacred Heart Church, Waterville; St. John the Baptist Church, Winslow; St. Helena Church, Belgrade Lakes). A native of Tamil Nadu, India, he joined the Heralds of Good News, a missionary society of apostolic life, in 1994. After nine years of seminary formation, Fr. Savio was ordained to the priesthood on December 29, 2003. From January of 2004 to May of 2008, Fr. Savio served as parochial vicar at St. Anthony’s Shrine in the Diocese of Madras-Mylapore in Tamil Nadu. From June of 2008 to March of 2013, he served as principal at the Good News School in the Diocese of Guntur, Andra Pradesh, India. In April of 2013, Fr. Savio arrived in the Diocese of Portland and received his first assignment at Corpus Christi Parish, where he serves today.


Effective August 1, 2016, Fr. Edward R. Clifford has been appointed parochial vicar of St. Michael Parish (St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Augusta; St. Augustine Church, Augusta; St. Joseph Church, Gardiner; Sacred Heart Church, Hallowell; St. Denis Church, Whitefield; St. Francis Xavier Church, Winthrop). Since July of 2014, Fr. Clifford has served as parochial vicar for the Portland Peninsula and Island Parishes (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Portland; Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish, Portland; St. Christopher Parish, Peaks Island; St. Louis Parish, Portland; St. Peter Parish, Portland). A native of Shawmut, he attended Yarmouth High School but graduated from high school in Milford, Ohio in 1981. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Dayton in Ohio and a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Maine in Orono. In 2014, he earned a second master’s degree (divinity) from Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts. Fr. Clifford was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert P. Deeley on June 14, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. Prior to entering the seminary, he had a 20-year career in municipal government, serving local governments in executive positions in Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania; Norwich, Connecticut; and Biddeford.


Effective August 1, 2016, Fr. Kyle L. Doustou has been appointed parochial vicar of the Portland Peninsula and Island Parishes (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Portland; Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish, Portland; St. Christopher Parish, Peaks Island; St. Louis Parish, Portland; St. Peter Parish, Portland). Since July of 2014, Fr. Doustou has served as parochial vicar of the Parish of the Precious Blood (Holy Rosary Church, Caribou; Nativity of the Blessed Mary Church, Presque Isle; Our Lady of the Lake Church, Portage; Sacred Heart Church, Caribou; St. Catherine Church, Washburn; St. Denis Church, Fort Fairfield; St. Joseph Church, Mars Hill; St. Louis Church, Limestone; St. Mark Church, Ashland; St. Theresa Church, Stockholm). A native of Lewiston, he graduated from Saint Dominic Regional High School (now Saint Dominic Academy) in 2005. He received a full scholarship from and entered into the Basselin Scholars Program, a three-year honors philosophy program at Theological College, the national seminary of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He earned bachelor’s and licentiate degrees in philosophy and a master’s degree in theology. Fr. Doustou was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert P. Deeley at the Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul in Lewiston on May 30, 2014.


Effective August 1, 2016, Fr. Arokiasamy Santhiyagu, HGN, has been appointed half-time hospital chaplain at MaineGeneral Health in Augusta and half-time parochial vicar at St. Michael Parish (Sacred Heart Church, Hallowell; St. Augustine Church, Augusta; St. Denis Church, Whitefield; St. Francis Xavier Church, Winthrop; St. Joseph Church, Gardiner; St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Augusta). Fr. Santhiyagu has served as full-time parochial vicar at the parish since July 1, 2015. Ordained to the priesthood in India on December 27, 2007, Fr. Santhiyagu served as parochial vicar from 2008 to 2010 at Sacred Heart Parish in the city of Madras (now Chennai) in India. In June of 2010, he was appointed parochial vicar of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Parish in the Coimbatore Diocese, located in Tamil Nadu, India. From June of 2011 to January of 2015, he served as pastor of St. Mary Parish in the Diocese of Eluru, located in Andhra Pradesh, India. Fr. Santhiyagu was also the principal of that parish’s school.